sometimes cheesy, always creamy
sometimes sweet/sometimes salty
always brings smiles
When the rain is pouring and the thermometer flirts with freezing temperatures, there's nothing better than good, old-fashioned comfort food. It warms the bones and fills the bellies. My guys are not big soup eaters, much to my chagrin. However, they are always up for a hearty, cheesy dish. This Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole is a new favorite for all of us.
With simple ingredients, and 'cubing' potatoes and chicken as the only "technique", this casserole was a cinch to pull together.
The hearty ingredients can stand alone as dinner, or you could serve it up with a side salad if you truly felt like it needed a little "health" kick. (wink, wink)
When I'm at a loss on what to make my family for dinner, baked potatoes tend to be my go-to meal. My husband isn't usually satisfied with "just a potato", so the Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole is now a perfect stand in... partly because this has the added protein with the chicken.
Partly because...this comfort dish is packed with flavors, from the smoky bacon to the slight zip of the Tabasco.
Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole
1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast, cubed
5 cups cubed potatoes
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
few dashes of Tabasco sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon
chopped green onions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease 13x9 inch casserole pan. In large bowl, combine olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley flakes and Tabasco sauce. Stir in potatoes and coat completely. Pour potatoes into prepared pan, reserving the leftover oil mixture. Bake for 35 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. While the potatoes are baking, stir the chicken into the oil mixture to marinate. After the 35 minutes, remove pan from oven and arrange chicken pieces on top. Return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring once during the baking time. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese, chopped bacon and onions. Return to oven for 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted and chicken is completely done. Top with sour cream and more chopped green onions for garnish.
I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we did!
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